Excitement as RCCG Announces First Ever Hackathon to Hold in November
This may sound like awkward news, but the Redeemed Christian Church of God has opened applications for a hackathon! That’s right!
The hackathon dubbed Kingdom Hack, is organised by the Youth and Young Adults Affairs department of one of the biggest churches in the world: Redeemed Christian Church of God. According to the church, the event is geared towards “engaging and releasing the innovative forces within the Technology sector with the intent to make a Christian impact on culture.” It is scheduled to run from November 1-3 2018.
This hackathon definitely has a social and religious ring to it. The theme for the 72-hour competition is “Income /Wealth Redistribution and Poverty Eradication.” Participants will be expected to provide answers to a very important question; “how can we use technology to inspire and enable redistribution of wealth and greater generosity in the Christian community?”
The top 3 teams will go home smiling with the 1st placed team winning N1 million cash prize. The second and third placed teams walk away with N500,000 and N250,000 respectively.
The event is supported by Redeemed Church alongside other churches and some nongovernmental organization.
We've had comedy goes to church… Now it is CODING goes to church….
RCCG holds the first hackathon by a major pentecostal church https://t.co/0pYDjG5Nm7
— ᴅ ᴀ ɴ ᴅ ʏ (@DanielIyanda) October 20, 2018
This is the first time a church, and in this case a very powerful church, will back a tech event such as a hackathon. The news will come both as a surprise and a welcome development to many.
But the church is hoping that the event sparks enthusiasm towards developing tools to push forward the Christian religion. It is looking to create an ecosystem where global issues are tackled from a “Christian perspective.”
It shouldn’t be totally surprising because for centuries, churches have been in the forefront of major breakthroughs. For instance, the invention of the printing press was borne out of Johannes Gutenberg’s desire to make the Holy Bible more available.
So if you are up for it, then you register for the hackathon here.
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